Other Name: Roseroot or Goldenroot

Rhodiola rosea grows in the high altitude regions of Europe and Asia. The Rhodiola rosea plant is blanketed with beautiful yellow flowers and gives off a definitive fragrance when cut.

Part Used: Roots

Health Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea:

  • Rhodiola is claimed to help the body adapt to different types of stress.
  • Rhodiola has been used extensively in Siberian and Russian medicine as an adaptogen, a substance that improves the resistance of an organism to the effects of physical, mental, and emotional stress without causing a disruption in normal body functions. Russians have drunk rhodiola tea for centuries as an energy booster.
  • Rhodiola helps to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters in the brain which may explain why it can help mental function. Study shows that people taking rhodiola supplements for 28 days had a greater improvement in concentration.
  • Rhodiola enhanced thyroid function without causing hyperthyroidism.
  • Rhodiola extract may help prevent arrhythmias (disorders of the regular rhythmic beating of the heart).
  • Rhodiola helps in quicker muscle recovery after exercise. It also increases strength and energy levels in people.
  • Rhodiola is beneficial in treating sleep disorders.
  • Rhodiola help boost testosterone level and therefore aid in improving sexual function. Rhodiola may also help treat disorders related to menopause.
  • Rhodiola helps improving the quality of sleep.

Note: Be careful of products that list rhodiola as “Rhodiola spp.,” as this does not tell you what form of rhodiola you are getting. It is best to stay with the well-studied form Rhodiola rosea, and second best is the Tibetan form known as crenulata.

Rhodiola Rosea Side Effects: There are no known severe side effects of rhodiola rosea however, one can experience irritability, nausea or other mental disorders on excess or improper intake of this herbal medicine.

Caution: It is recommended that people with bipolar disorder avoid using this plant extract. It should also be avoided by pregnant and nursing women.

“This post was originally published on January 3, 2012 @ 03:03”

Health Benefits of Rhodiola Rosea

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